Punjab chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal has instructed the district administration to speed-up work on various ongoing developmental projects, a majority of which have missed the deadlines for their completion.
“The government is keen to have the best infrastructure in place in Amritsar, as it is a major tourist destination in the country. The infrastructure here must be among the best in the world,” he said, while reviewing the ongoing developmental projects at a meeting held here on Friday.
Among those who were present at the meeting were special principal secretary to the chief minister, KJS Cheema, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board NS Randhawa, deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat, Amritsar municipal commissioner P Sabharwal and chairman of Amritsar Improvement Trust Sandeep Rishi.
A number of officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) and other departments were also present.
Prior to the meeting, the chief secretary visited various project sites to get first hand information of the progress made so far. While at some places he was satisfied with the pace of work, while at others, he was clearly unhappy with the slow pace at which these projects were progressing. Most of these projects had missed the deadline.
The first place he visited was Senior Secondary School for Meritorious Students on the Chogwana-Attarri road and was satisfied with the pace of the construction work at the school, which has a strength of 331 students. He visited classrooms and interacted with the students. He also held a meeting with the staff members of the school.
Thereafter, he visited the site where a Rs 130-crore war memorial is coming up. Officials at the site informed him that 40% of the construction work of the project was over. Kaushal hoped that by end of this year it would be completed.
However, he clearly was not happy with the restoration and renovation work at the historical Gobindgarh Fort. The fort, which was under occupation of the army, was handed over to the civil authorities in 2006 and the work of restoring the fort commenced in 2008, but has not been completed so far.
He was informed by officials that just 25% of the work had been completed. On which, the chief secretary told the officials and the engineers that the project work should be speeded-up, as the government wants to make this fort a major tourist site.
The progress of other projects like the Golden Temple Plaza and the BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System) was also reviewed at the meeting.
The chief secretary instructed the officials that work on the BRTS needed to be put on fast track, as it was causing a great deal on inconvenience to people.